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Album: Voyage
# Song Title   Time
1)    Mystic Lipstick
2)    Voyage, The
3)    Mad Lady and Me, The
4)    Deportees Club, The
5)    Night Visit, The
6)    All for the Roses
7)    Missing You
8)    Bright Blue Rose
9)    Farewell to Pripchat
10)    Musha, God Help Her
11)    First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The
12)    Middle of the Island
 

Album: Voyage
# Song Title   Time
1)    Mystic Lipstick
2)    Voyage, The
3)    Mad Lady and Me, The
4)    Deportees Club, The
5)    Night Visit, The
6)    All for the Roses
7)    Missing You
8)    Bright Blue Rose
9)    Farewell to Pripchat
10)    Musha, God Help Her
11)    First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The
12)    Middle of the Island
 
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  • Personnel: Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sin‚ad O'Connor (vocals, background vocals); D¢nal Lunny (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, piano, keyboards, bodhran, bells); Declan Sinnott (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, Spanish guitar); Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Moloney (Uilleann pipe); Don Baker (harmonica); Pat Crowley (accordion, piano); Stephen McDonnell (flugelhorn); Michael O'Suilleabhain (piano); Moran (drums); Tim Boland (shaker); Mandy Murphy, Mary Black, Elvis Costello (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Walter Samuel.
  • Recording information: Lansdowne, Westland, Windmill Lane 1 & 2.
  • Photographer: Andrew Catlin.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Declan Sinnott ; Moran; Jim Donohue; Cyril; Catherine Considine.
  • Voyage was the second record released during Christy Moore's brief association with Atlantic Records in the late '80s. It is an unusual album for Moore in that it consists almost entirely of covers of other songwriters, with only one track ("Middle of the Island") co-written by the singer. But they are attractively arranged covers. Donal Lunny's production sometimes indulges in the synthesizers and electric pianos that plagued much '80s folk, but for the most part they are used in a tasteful blend with acoustic, electric and slide guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and uilleann pipes. There are also some lovely harmonies, provided by Irish music celebrities Sinead O'Connor ("The Mad Lady & Me," "Middle of the Island"), Mary Black ("The Voyage" and Elvis Costello ("Missing You"). Costello is also credited as a songwriter for "The Deportees Club," which receives a beautiful accordion, harmonica and mandolin treatment that lends unexpected bite to sardonic lines like "I prayed to the saints and all the martyrs for the secret life of Frank Sinatra, and all these things have come to pass. In America the law is a piece of ass." Other highlights include a footstomping rendition of the traditional "The Night Visit" and a radio-ready cover of Jimmy McCarthy's "Mystic Lipstick." The only serious misstep is the strangely lighthearted arrangement of Tim Donnehy's "Farewell to Pripchat (Near Chernobyl)," which is inappropriately pretty for a song about nuclear tragedy. ~ Evan Cater
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